Alex here. DJ says I have to do this, or should I say “Drusilla Jane,” because I know damn well she told you my middle name was Basile. Blame my mother; I had nothing to do with it. And for God’s sake, don’t tell that pirate. It’s bad enough he calls me “the little dog.” If he started calling me “Basile, the little dog,” I’d just have to shoot him. I know it wouldn’t kill him but it sure would make me feel better.
So, now that my middle name is out, got any other questions for me? In the meantime, it’s the first full week of April, which means there’s a pile of new books out this week. I mean a PILE. Don’t spend all your money, though, because you need to save some for April 21 so you can buy a piece of me….wait, that doesn’t sound good, does it?
Anyway, what do you want to read this week? Leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
And you can always ask me a question too.
Victory of the Hawk, (Rebels of Adalonia #3), by Angela Highland, (April 6, Carina Press)
Julian yearns to confess his love to Faanshi, the elven healer who captivated him since their first chance encounter. Though he fears she and Kestar share a deep connection, he must thrust such worry aside as danger descends upon them and their uneasy elven allies. Faanshi’s connection to Kestar is inexplicable, born of her magic and their shared elven blood. She knows his every thought and desire, but her heart lies with Julian. She’ll have to find a way to tell him soon, even in the midst of rebellion. Though he knows not why, only that it involves his own recently discovered elven heritage, Kestar has risked the lives of everyone around him. For the Anreulag, the Voice of the Gods, has been freed of Her magical prison and will kill all in Her path until he is found. (ebook only)
A Fright to the Death (A Family Fortune Mystery #3), by Dawn Eastman, (April 7, Berkley)
After their flight to Mexico is cancelled, Clyde and her detective boyfriend, Mac, end up snowed in with their families at a supposedly haunted hotel. Clyde’s tarot card reading mother, Rose, is making dire predictions for the weekend, and self-proclaimed pet psychic Aunt Vi is enchanted by the legend of the hotel’s ghost, until the power goes out and a body turns up. With a hotel full of stranded suspects, Clyde will have to draw on all her skills, both the police ones she’d rather forget and the psychic ones she’d rather ignore, to solve the bone-chilling mystery before someone else gets iced.
A Highlander’s Passion (Highlander’s Beloved #2), by Vonnie Davis, (April 7, Loveswept)
As a bear-shifter in a pack roaming the Scottish countryside, Bryce Matheson embodies brute force and untamed abandon. As a widower, he’s running scared. When Bryce attempted to open his scarred heart to another, she grew tired of waiting for him to state his intentions, and the unearthly beauty spurned him for someone who wasn’t worthy. Now that fate has conspired to set Kenzie Denune free once again, Bryce vows to finally win her love. Kenzie is a witch who summons her powers to protect those too weak to care for themselves. After surviving an abusive husband, she swears off men, even men like Bryce. Her life’s purpose is to help others. Dark forces have different plans for her gifts. To save herself, Kenzie must team up with the shifter who has always stirred her soul, and trust in a passion powerful enough to set her blood aflame. (ebook only)
Ask the Dark, by Henry Turner, (April 7, Clarion)
Billy Zeets has a story to tell. About being a vandal and petty thief. About missing boys and an elusive killer. And about what happens if a boy who breaks all the rules is the only person who can piece together the truth.
Awakening, by Shannon Duffy, (April 7, Entangled Teen)
Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out: her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn’t even think to question when Darian, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it. Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape, a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants, and needs Desiree’s help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she’s ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it’s too late?
By Tooth and Claw (Clan of the Claw #2), edited by Bill Fawcett, (April 7, Baen)
Second entry in a series with four linked novellas from multiple best-sellers S.M. Stirling, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Jody Lynn Nye! After the extinction asteroid does not strike Earth, the dinosaurs keep evolving, but so do the mammals. We mammals have achieved humanlike shapes, but now it’s cold-blooded, magic-using reptiles against the hot-blooded, hot-tempered descendants of cats. In a heroic, Bronze Age world similar to 300, the Mrem Clans expand their rough-and-tumble territory, but now they face the Lishkash, reptilian masters of a cold-blooded empire of slave armies and magic. It’s mammalian courage and adaptation against reptile cunning in a clash of steel and will that determine who shall inherit the Earth.
Chu’s Day at the Beach (Chu #3), by Neil Gaiman, (April 7, HarperCollins)
Chu and his family are going to the beach, Chu is excited. He will get to play in the sand and wade in the water. But what will happen if Chu sneezes at the beach? And what will happen if he doesn’t?
Cyber Rogues, by James P. Hogan, (April 7, Baen)
Two Faces of Tomorrow: Midway through the 21st century, a proposed major software upgrade will give the world communications system an unprecedented degree of independent decision-making. A new space station habitat is deployed with an A.I. named Spartacus. The idea is that if Spartacus gets out of hand, the system can be shut down, unless Spartacus decides to take matters into its own hands and take the fight to Earth. Realtime Interrupt: Joe Corrigan awakens in a hospital to find that his life no longer exists. As director of the supersecret Oz Project, his job was to create a computerized environment virtually indistinguishable from reality. Oz failed. Joe finds himself in an unfamiliar world, a world where nothing is quite as it should be. Joe must discover a terrible truth about his new world, and figure out how to get out alive.
Dark Heir (Jane Yellowrock #9), by Faith Hunter, (April 7, Roc)
For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal. Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.
Disciple of the Wind (Fated Blades #3), by Steve Bein, (April 7, Roc)
When Tokyo falls victim to a terrorist attack, Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro knows who is responsible. She urges her commanding officers to arrest the perpetrator, a zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge. Mariko must work outside the system to stop a terrorist mastermind. Going rogue draws the attention of an underground syndicate known as the Wind. They have controlled Japanese politics from the shadows, using mystical relics to achieve their nefarious ends, relics like Mariko’s own sword and the iron demon mask whose evil curse is bound to the blade. Mariko is left with a perilous choice: Join an illicit insurgency to thwart a deadly villain, or remain true to the law. As sure as the blade will bring her to victory, it also promises to destroy her.
Disturbed Earth (Ritual Crime Unit #2), by E.E. Richardson, (April 7, Abaddon)
A hard-nosed career officer in the male-dominated world of British policing, DCI Claire Pierce of North Yorkshire Police heads Northern England’s underfunded and understaffed Ritual Crime Unit. Pierce returns to work to find her new Detective Inspector has brought in a self-proclaimed necromancer to question the victim of a murder, there’s a coven of druids outside protesting the sale of their sacred site, and an old iron lantern in the evidence room has just sent out a signal. A suspected ritual murder and a string of puzzling artefact thefts initially seem unconnected, but signs point to something bigger: buried skulls possessed by evil spirits start turning up. Someone is planning something big, and the consequences could be catastrophic. Pierce has to make the connections and stop the ritual before it’s too late.
Don’t Stay Up Late (Fear Street #2), by R.L. Stine, (April 7, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Ever since a car accident killed her father and put Lisa and her mother into the hospital, Lisa can’t think straight. She’s plagued by nightmares and hallucinations that force her to relive the accident over and over again in vivid detail. When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her young son, she takes the job immediately, eager to keep busy and shake these disturbing images from her head. But what promised to be an easy gig turns terrifying when Lisa begins to question exactly who, or what, she is babysitting.
Dragon Thief, by S. Andrew Swann, (April 7 DAW)
The second novel in the hilarious, light-hearted fantasy series by S. Andrew Swann. Swann is known for energetic plots, creative creatures, clever casts, and thrilling adventure.
Empire of Night (Age of Legends #2), by Kelley Armstrong, (April 7, HarperCollins)
Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least, they were. Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, the emperor has sent them on a mission to rescue the children of Edgewood, accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of imperial warriors. But the journey proves more perilous than they could have imagined. With treachery and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on all their influence and power to overcome deadly enemies, not all of them human, and even avert an all-out war.
Every Breath You Take (Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire #3), by Chris Marie Green, (April 7, Roc)
I never accomplished much when I was alive. As an average eighties California beach bum, I, Jensen Murphy, didn’t have any direction. But since I’ve joined Boo World, I’ve found a calling. Now, I’m a supernatural investigator, using my ghostly skills to spook confessions out of bad guys. But being a paranormal PI is taking its toll. Spirits are hounding me for justice day and night, and, now, a ghost hunting TV show is digging up dirt on my unsavory demise that I’d rather keep buried. Worst of all, a seriously evil specter is making my afterlife hell by hurting the people and ghosts I care about. To stop him, I’ll need assistance from a higher power, only the price I’ll have to pay for that help could be my very soul.
Garden of Dreams and Desires (Crescent City #3), by Kristen Painter, (April 7, Orbit)
Tourists are disappearing at an alarming rate. While Augustine and his lieutenants attempt to find them, Harlow and the evil spirit possessing her remain Augustine’s true focus. Freeing her from the spirit’s grasp is all he can think about, especially with no real solution on the horizon. Then he discovers the tourists are disappearing because the witches are stealing souls to cast a dangerous chaos spell. Before he can stop them, Harlow becomes their victim. Now he must race the clock to set her free and end the witches’ machinations before the chaos spell strips every fae in New Orleans of their power and bring fae rule to an end.
Inside the O’Brien’s, by Lisa Genova, (April 7, Gallery Books)
Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. Twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. As Joe’s symptoms worsen, he struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.
Jinn and Juice (The Jinni #1), by Nicole Peeler, (April 7, Orbit)
Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry, by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself. If she can remain unBound, Leila’s curse will soon be over. But Ozan Sawyer, a Magi with the ability to See, Call, and Bind jinn has other plans. Oz needs Leila to help him penetrate Pittsburgh’s steel-soaked magic, a juice potent but poisonous to supernatural creatures, in order to find a missing girl with her own mysterious connection to Kouros. Unfortunately for Leila, becoming Bound to Oz may risk more than just her chance to be human once more, it could risk her very soul.
Joe Steele, by Harry Turtledove, (April 7, Roc)
President Herbert Hoover has failed America. The Great Depression still casts its dark shadow over the country. The American people hope one of the potential Democratic candidates, New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and California congressman Joe Steele, can get the nation on the road to recovery. Fate snatches away one hope when a mansion fire claims the life of Roosevelt, leaving the Democratic party to nominate Steele, son of a Russian immigrant laborer who identifies more with the common man than with wealthy power brokers. President Joe Steele pushes through Congress reforms that put citizens back to work. Most people welcome strong leadership, full employment, and an absence of complaining from the newspapers, as Hitler and Trotsky begin the kind of posturing that seems sure to drag America into war.
King of Ashes (The War of Five Crowns #1), by Raymond E. Feist, (April 7, HarperCollins)
A bitter war engulfs five Greater Realms after four brother kingdoms violate the ancient Covenant. As a Free Lord of Osean, Daylon Dumarch owes allegiance to no king. When an infant hidden in his pavilion is discovered, he knows that the child is the missing heir of the slain king of Ithrace. Daylon keeps the baby’s existence secret, sending him to be raised on the Island Kingdom of Coaltachin, the Kingdom of Night. Years later, a young man named Declan earns his Masters standing as a smith. He unlocks the secret to forging King’s Steel, This precious knowledge is also deadly, and Declan is forced to leave his home to safeguard his life. Landing in Lord Daylon’s provinces, he hopes to start anew. Two young men, the rightful heir to a throne and an exiled smith, will discover their fates entwined.
Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), by Ellery Adams, (April 7, Berkley)
Ella Mae LeFaye’s Charmed Pie Shoppe has become a phenomenon beyond her wildest dreams, providing the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, with spellbinding desserts and magical pies. Her personal life is also heating up as she takes on the responsibilities of leadership within her magical community. In fact, the only thing weighing her down is the fact that handsome Hugh Dylan won’t return her calls. Still, when Havenwood is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, Ella Mae must put romantic longings aside, especially when she realizes that the mystical symbols left at each crime scene are dangerously personal. Now she will have to whip up all her supernatural skills to uncover a killer out to settle an ancient score, before the murderer devastates everything Ella Mae is determined to protect.
Mate Bond (Shifters Unbound #7), by Jennifer Ashley, (April 7, Berkley)
To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O’Donnell agreed to a “mating of convenience.” Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other’s arms they’ve found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven’t formed the elusive mate bond, the almost magical joining of true mates. Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn’t strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters, and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they’ve always craved.
Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2), by Rachel Hawkins, (April 7, Putnam Juvenile)
Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant. Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her, or connect her to David for life.
Piercing the Darkness (Shadowborn #2.5), by Angela Dennis, (April 7, Samhain)
Cursed by the dark mage who killed her, Hilda Janssen has wandered the Earthly plane as a ghost for fifty years, finally finding her place as an IRT hunter, policing supernatural misfits trapped on Earth after a brutal war. When a demon attacks, putting her team in mortal danger, Hilda sacrifices herself to save her friends. She’s already died once; what difference will doing it again make? Instead of meeting a final death, Hilda is cast into the Void, a magical prison from which there is no escape. Her only hope is Cade Kerrigan, the lover she left behind after her first death. Their bond and his magic are the only things strong enough to pull her through the Veil. Cade has no idea his soulmate came back as a ghost, and he isn’t too happy to have been left in the dark. They must put aside the baggage of the past to save Hilda from a fate worse than death. (ebook only)
Predator One (Joe Ledger #7), by Jonathan Maberry, (April 7, St. Martin’s Griffin)
On opening day of baseball season a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it’s a prank. Until it explodes, killing dozens. Seconds later a swarm of killer drones descend upon the picnicked crowd, each one carrying a powerful bomb. All across the country artificial intelligence drive systems in cars, commuter trains and even fighter planes go out of control. Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences go on the hunt for whoever is controlling these machines. Joe Ledger and his team begin a search for the secret to this new technology and the madmen behind it. The enemy virus infects Air Force One. The president is trapped aboard as the jet heads toward the heart of New York City. It has become PREDATOR ONE.
Second Activation, by Darren Wearmouth and Marcus Wearmouth, (April 7, 47North)
Military veterans Harry and Jack escape from Monroe, Michigan, and head for New York to face down Genesis Alliance, a despotic organization that is implementing the chaos to create a new order. Caught in a race against time, confronted with a local team intent on revenge and expecting the imminent arrival of a larger reinforcement, Harry and Jack must avoid existing dangers, gain allies, and stop the Alliance from launching its next Activation. With the fate of the remaining population at stake, Harry and Jack know that stopping the Activation means going to war once again.
Superposition, by David Walton, (April 7, Pyr)
Jacob Kelley’s family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker, apparently murdered the night before he appeared at Jacob’s house. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial. As the details of the crime slowly come to light, the weave of reality becomes ever more tangled, twisted by a miraculous new technology and a quantum creature unconstrained by the normal limits of space and matter. With the help of his daughter, Alessandra, Jacob must find the true murderer before the creature destroys his family and everything he loves.
The End of the End of Everything: Stories, by Dale Bailey, (April 7, Arche Press)
Stores filled with hope. As we rush headlong toward a “Choose Your Own Apocalypse” future, these stores refuse to let go of the indelible ferocity of the human heart. Stories filled with the vibrant sound of those hearts, always beating. There is the Creature from the Black Lagoon, who is more human than any of those he meets in Hollywood; Eleanor, who works at the End-of-the-World Café, and who sees the depravity and despair of the Pit every day, yet never gives up hope for her ailing child; and young Tom, lost in a world scorched by the sun, who follows the rumor of angels still hanging on the wind.
The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1), by Ken Liu, (April 7, Saga Press)
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, conspiring goddesses, underwater boats, magical books, as a streetfighter-cum-general who takes her place as the greatest tactitian of the age. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions, two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering, by Jeffrey Rotter, (April 7, Metropolitan Books)
In an America of the semi-distant future, human knowledge has reverted to a pre-Copernican state. Science and religion are diminished to fairy tales, and Earth once again occupies the lonely center of the universe, the stars and planets mere etchings on the glass globe that encases it. But when an ancient bunker containing a perfectly preserved space vehicle is discovered beneath the ruins of Cape Canaveral, it has the power to turn this retrograde world inside out. Enter the miscreant Van Zandt clan, whose run-ins with the law leave them with a no-win choice: test-pilot the spacecraft together as a family, or be sent separately to prison for life. Their decision leads to some freakish slapstick, one nasty bonfire, and a dissolute trek across the ass-end of an all-too-familiar America.
The Other Side of Midnight, by Simone St. James, (April 7, NAL)
London, 1925. Medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. She’s been murdered at one of her own séances, leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter. Ellie doesn’t contact the dead, at least, not anymore. She specializes in finding lost items. She can’t refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Ellie must delve into Gloria’s secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. She cannot shake the attentions of James Hawley, a war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics. Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the murders of those in Gloria’s circle. As Ellie’s uneasy partnership with James turns intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues, a force determined to bury the truth, and whoever seeks to expose it.
The Rebirths of Tao (Tao #3), by Wesley Chu, (April 7, Angry Robot)
Several years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War. A Gengix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale. With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too. And you thought you were having a stressful day.
The Returned: A Novel, by Seth Patrick, (April 7, Sourcebooks Landmark)
In an Alpine town reeling from a devastating accident, the families of dead wish their lost loved ones could come back…only to wake up one day to the chilling reality of their prayers being answered. But the victims of the accident are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of grizzly murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. (U.S. Release)
The Tower of Bones (Three Powers #2), by Frank P. Ryan, (April 7, Jo Fletcher Books)
The four friends, Alan, Kate, Mark and Mo have entered the enchanted but war-ravaged world of Tir, bringing hope for the oppressed peoples who live there. But Kate has been kidnapped by the Great Witch, Olc, who has imprisoned her in the Tower of Bones. Mark is lost in Dromenon, uncertain if he still lives, and Mo is still recovering from the injuries she suffered at the battle of Ossierel. Alan sets out to rescue Kate, but his every move is harassed by the Tyrant of the Watelands. Olc is luring the friends into a deadly trap, for she is resurrecting the demigod, Fangorath, an immortal and a dreadful force for malice, who is said to have ended the Age of Dragons. (U.S. Release)
The Unremembered: Author’s Definitive Edition (Vault of Heaven #1), by Peter Orullian, (April 7, Tor)
The gods who created this world have abandoned it. They sealed the rogue god, and the monstrous creatures he created,, in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that protected humankind for millennia has become weak and creatures of nightmare have now come through. Tahn Junell is a hunter who’s unaware of the dark forces that imperil his world, in much the same way his youth is lost to memory. An imperious man who wears the sigil of the feared Order of Sheason and a woman of the legendary Far have shared with Tahn the danger. They’ve asked him, his sister, and his friends to embark with them on a journey that will change their lives, and the world, forever. In the process, he’ll remember. In addition to updates to the original text, we’re also including an exclusive short story set in the world of Vault of Heaven as well as a sneak preview of the sequel and a glossary to the universe.
The Warring States (The Wave Trilogy #2), by Aidan Harte, (April 7, Jo Fletcher)
After the rout at Rasenna, Concord faces enemies on all fronts, and nobody believes that the last surviving Apprentice is equal to these crises, but Torbidda didn’t become Apprentice by letting himself be manipulated. While Sofia is struggling to understand her miraculous pregnancy, the City of Towers grows wealthy. But it’s not long before the people of Rasenna start arguing again, and as the city falls apart once more, Sofia realises she must escape Etruria to save her baby. When prophecy leads her to another cesspit of treachery, the decadent Crusader kingdom of Oltremare, Sofia begins to despair, for this time she can see no way out. (U.S. Release)
Trail of Evil (Tau Ceti Agenda #4), by Travis S. Taylor, (April 7, Baen)
A century and a half after the Martian Separatist Wars, Alexander Moore returns to the stars with the Sienna Madira, a United States Navy supercarrier spacecraft. He’s brought Marines. These are troops superbly trained for space battle. Moore’s task: hunt down weaponry platforms left by the artificial intelligence known as Copernicus. Moore is about to uncover something far more sinister: before his destruction, Copernicus had established multiple mecha-warrior defended bases with the intent of resuming the destruction of humanity. An a.i. presence even more dangerous than Copernicus may have formed an alliance with something else out there with a similar goal. Those enemies will have to face a fully armed and equipped military task force led by a resolute general and his soldiers who know they are all that stand between human life, freedom, and progress, and the total annihilation of mankind.
Vengeance of the Demon (Kara Gillian #7), by Diana Rowland, (April 7, DAW)
Demon summoner Kara Gillian is on the wrong side of the law, and there’s evidence to prove it. Too bad the courts don’t accept “fighting demonic forces” as justification for murder and mayhem. Kara has problems that go way beyond her legal woes. When the enemy demonic lords spur their human accomplices into high gear, master summoner Katashi aggressively pursues their goal to establish a permanent gate between Earth and the demon realm. The line between ally and enemy blurs as Kara gathers the remnants of her posse to prevent a devastating demonic incursion, but a shattered trust may cost them the war and put Kara behind bars. With treachery rife, and her loved ones in danger, Kara must call upon the essence of who she truly is in order to rally back from a crushing loss. And if she can’t, the world is going straight to hell.
New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird, edited by Paula Guran, (April 8, Prime Books)
Many of the best weird fiction writers (and creators in most other media) have been profoundly influenced by the genre and the mythos H.P. Lovecraft created eight decades ago. Lovecraft’s themes of cosmic indifference, minds invaded by the alien, and the horrors of history – written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread – are more relevant than ever as we explore the mysteries of a universe in which our planet is infinitesimal and climatic change is overwhelming it. A few years ago, New Cthulhu : The Recent Weird presented some of the best of this new Lovecraftian fiction from the first decade of the twenty-first century. Now, New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird brings you more eldritch tales and even fresher fiction inspired by Lovecraft.
The Language of Knives: A Tor.Com Original, by Haralambi Markov, (April 8, Tor)
About the death rituals of this secondary world. A strong-willed daughter is guided by her unloved parent in the customs of how to respect the remains of her favorite parent. (ebook only)
Zeroboxer, by Fonda Lee, (April 8, Flux)
A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm, a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way. As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.
A Few Words for the Dead (The Clown Service), by Guy Adams, (April 9, Del Rey)
While Section 37 Agent Toby Greene’s honeymoon takes an unexpected, and potentially deadly turn, back in London Section Chief August Shining has troubles of his own. Dragged in by his fellow agents from M-16, Shining is forced to relive an old mission from the 80’s, and pick up where he left off all those years ago to face an old and deadly foe. As Toby and his new wife Tamar dodge an unstoppable killer across Asia and Europe, August must fight, not just for the future of The Clown Service, but for his very existence.
Supervision, by Alison Stine, (April 9, HarperVoyager)
Something is wrong with Esmé. Kicked out of school in New York, she’s sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives. And something is wrong with the friendly neighbor Ez’s age with black curls and blue eyes: He’s dead. (ebook only, print available August, 2015)
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